November 14, 2016
Dear President-Elect Trump,
I have another appeal I want to make on behalf of the Native Americans in our country who were forced off their land by the US government and have been suffering ever since (you know, the ones who were living here when we moved over from Europe… I make that clarification because all of us who were born here are Native Americans…), and I’m appealing on behalf of countless rural Americans whose plight is similar, although not as severe.
I am asking as humbly and sincerely as I can, for you to PLEASE look into the good people who live in rural America, primarily in the corridor of our nation… the hundreds of thousands of rural Americans who were forced off their farms and ranches by government and big business, who now own and have been mismanaging and ruining our land, our crops and our livestock with their pesticides (which used to be illegal years ago) and other chemicals and GMOs, literally poisoning our food sources over the past 100 years or so, resulting in many health conditions in this country that are continually worsening, despite the best efforts of our medical community, who try to put bandaids on symptoms, but can’t heal the underlying problems.
Things like heart disease, crippling arthritis, severe digestive problems (ulcers, acid reflux, etc.), diabetes, cancer, failing joints, etc. Some (including me) believe that even the rise in crime and violence can be attributed, at least in part, to our very poor diet.
Weston A. Price did extensive research on the subject back in the 1920s… and the current Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) is actively helping many of us in overcoming these problems by helping us discover and adhere to a healing diet of organic food that is actually very delicious and doesn’t deprive us of anything… in fact, because this food is so rich in the nutrients our bodies have been starving for, a person doesn’t eat as much of it.. In fact, I have lost weight and I’m much stronger and healthier since modifying the food I eat according to the principles found in resources provided by the Foundation.
The sad part about this is, that the vast majority of Americans don’t even know how badly their health is being compromised, and by and large, organic food is not easily accessible or affordable to many of us, yet… I’m hoping and believing this can and will change. We need help in overcoming this huge obstacle, as well.
But getting back to the impoverished farmers and ranchers of America, not only have they lost their land, but their homes, their livelihoods, and their self respect, and their trust in our government, who has fed them the lie that it would watch out for their best interests. These people are the ones we used to call the backbone of America… the salt of the earth… the silent majority… the honest, hard-working people of integrity who once made this country great, whose government has not only let them down, but destroyed their world as they once knew it… this is totally unacceptable and by and large, no one’s even talking about it. Partly because they are, by and large, people who are so busy just trying to get by, people who never complain about anything, even if they’re dying.
I grew up in North Dakota, so I have seen first hand how the good people in the heartland of our country have suffered. And I, like them, don’t like to complain about anything unless I have a solution, either… but I can’t keep quiet any longer. Somebody HAS to be a voice for these honorable people who are suffering in silence. And I believe that as tragic as this is, God allowed us to have our land taken from us by the same government who forced our Native American brothers and sisters off their land, so we could experience (on a much smaller scale) what they have experienced at the hands of a very corrupt government. I say “NO MORE.” This has to stop. And these people’s lives need to be restored as soon as possible.
We, as Americans, especially American Christians, have been providing help and hope to countless numbers of people who suffer in third world countries while continuing to ignore the needs of our own people who have been struggling for years and years and years. When will we direct our focus and resources to help rebuild the lives of these countless others who have been suffering all these many years right under our noses?! Shame on us for being so callous to the needs of our own people!
I really believe God loves the people of America, and He wants to bless us as a nation… but I also believe He’s waiting to release at least some of those blessings until we finally turn around and face the reality of countless lives in rural America and many Native Americans in our nation who continue to struggle while we do nothing to help them. Did you know there are countless farmers in North Dakota who can’t afford to farm their land because the seed costs more than they could ever expect to make when it comes time to sell their crops?! This is unconscionable! Yet the big corporations continue to take the lion’s share of profit from the sale of the produce and livestock grown there… this is SO wrong! Many farms there have been abandoned as a result and farm homes left unoccupied.
I also have many concerns about the way we mine coal and drill for oil… because I’ve seen how the process has destroyed land and the lives of so many people, especially people in my homeland of North Dakota during the recent “oil boom” which has hurt everyone but the few who sold the oil rights and/or work for the companies mining the oil. This business has driven crime way up in an area of our country that virtually knew NO crime ever since the state’s inception, basically… there have been rapes and murders and other acts of violence which were virtually unheard of before the “oil boom”… policemen have left the state because it’s become so out of control they couldn’t stand it… many of their highways are also being destroyed because of high levels of traffic by big trucks and huge increases in traffic, and no way to fix them.
Also, the cost of housing has gone up so much people can’t afford to live there… and many have been forced from their homes… homes their families have owned for generations.
Add to that, the extensive flooding in the Grand Forks are and especially the Minot area, resulting in the evacuation of many, many homes that have remained uninhabitable because folks couldn’t afford to restore them… good people who are now homeless… even during the brittle cold winter months, people were living in tarps and/or broken down RVs without heat… the living conditions for countless North Dakotans have been reprehensible. Help is available, right? There has to be. I have to believe this, because the alternative is unthinkable. But where is it?
Talk about the “forgotten ones” – the total population of North Dakota is only about 600,000…. Not nearly enough to warrant the attention of anyone, including Christian ministers, who say they can’t afford to go there, because there aren’t enough people to make it worth their time. Really?! Why is this okay?
North Dakotan lives matter. Who will listen? Who will care enough to actually give them the help they need? They’ll make good use of any resources you offer, I promise… it’s in their DNA. These are good people who have been devastated by circumstances beyond their control, who are hanging on by a thread. Can we help them, please?
I still have family living there, and I promised I would do what I could to generate interest and at least TRY to get them the help they deserve.
How? I have no idea… but we HAVE to stop pushing through agendas or legislation that bring degradation and destruction to the good people of this nation… all of rural America, not just North Dakota.
And we have to give credit and honor where it’s due. Good, honest, hardworking Americans should be honored and respected and rewarded… instead of being punished by a government that has all but destroyed them. It’s like the devil has been using our government to systematically wipe us out… some of us more obviously than others. Here, I’m talking about how our food has been so compromised and contaminated that by and large, it’s no longer good for us, and has been contributing to our rising health problems for years and years.
When will it end?
I implore you, for the sake of all that is good and honorable, to move on our behalf. We, the people of the United States of America… the ones who bleed and die by a code of ethics and honest integrity that once made this country great… a people who have remained faithful to the notion that this nation, once great in the eyes of the world, can once again be great, but this time, let us be great in the eyes of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, also.
We have been systematically destroying not only our land, but our people. Not just Native Americans, but rural America as we know it, and ALL the rest of us who call the United States of America our home… and anyone else who relies on us to supply them with food.
God help us.
It has to stop now or where will it end? It’s like a cancer that unless we find a way to destroy it, it won’t stop until we have lost everything.
I also appeal to you to readdress the pipeline from Canada. Are we sure this is the best way? I know we want to tap into our nation’s resources so we don’t have to rely on terrorists for our oil, but I think if we take a minute to ask God for His solution, we may find a way that benefits everyone and has safeguards in place so no one has to suffer because of it.
I don’t think it’s too late to readdress this (at least I hope not), and I think it MUST be addressed because I believe it has the potential to cause additional, irreparable harm to the backbone of this country. Again, I find it unfortunate that the planned area for this pipeline is straight through the heartland of America, the rural Americans who have already suffered so much… not to mention the good folks who are our Native American brothers and sisters, especially in North Dakota who have been protesting this project because it’s threatening their sacred burial ground. Is this really necessary? As I said, isn’t there a better way?
I believe in a God whose ways are better than ours, but whose ways we can learn if we turn to Him and simply ask. And His ways don’t have strings attached, and don’t benefit some at the expense of others.
It seems to me that as smart as we all are, if we put our heads together, we could feasibly come up with more affordable energy sources that are actually efficient and don’t harm some people for the benefit of others. So far, by and large, the attempts we’ve made at harnessing solar and wind haven’t been all that efficient, but I have a feeling that’s because prior administration in the oval office hasn’t wanted us to succeed in finding alternatives to purchasing oil from terrorists.
So I appeal to our new administration to PLEASE rethink this. There has to be a better way. I’ve learned recently that some have even figured out a way to convert our garbage into fuel for cars… why not homes? This seems like a win-win for everyone and takes care of two problems at once. A better way to dispose of our garbage and take care of our energy crisis, as well? Hmmm
And if we still want to mine coal or drill for oil, can we please find a better way to do that, that won’t result in destroyed land (especially through the process of fracking), and countless lives devastated in the process?
We have to stop punishing our citizens for the sake of “progress.” We have to start considering the repercussions and guard against them for the sake of our environment and our people. Better safeguards, possibly? I don’t know if it’s possible, but if we can’t provide a way to guarantee safe passage (without severely damaging our environment through oil spills, broken pipelines, gas lines, destroying countless acres of fertile land through fracking, etc.), then we have to find a different source of fuel. I don’t see another solution, do you?
Thank you, Mr. Trump, for reading this quite lengthy narrative. I pray you will pray over what I have shared here, and that God will give you great wisdom in addressing these concerns.
I thank you for your time, and I am committed to doing my part in praying for you and your family and everyone associated with you in this time of great transition, as well as spreading the word to everyone who has an ear to hear, that we are all in this together, and if we each do our part in upholding the standards that God is holding us to, we really can make America great again (smile).
God bless you, Sir.
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